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United Friends of the Children

  • United Friends of the Children
  • 1055 Wilshire Blvd.
    Suite 1955
  • Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • (213) 580-1850
  • 1979

Program Description

Through our Housing and Education Programs, foster youth are provided with the opportunity to graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, get a job, find housing and have a support system that moves them gradually towards independence. Poor educational outcomes are a major factor in the lack of success foster youth experience in their transition out of care. By preparing more foster youth to graduate from high school (College Readiness) and attend and graduate from four-year colleges (College Sponsorship), UFC is dramatically increasing their chances for success.

Success Stories

"United Friends of Children is and has been a major part of all my accomplishments throughout high school. My college counselors in the College Readiness Program believed in me even when I failed to believe in myself. They pushed me to go farther even when I was too lazy to get up and do it for myself. They guided me through all my emotional breakdowns and assisted me with learning how to communicate with my peers. Before college applications were due, I was dead set on not going to college and instead joining the Marines because I was afraid that I would not get accepted into college. I would be the first person within my immediate family to go and it scared me to think what if I don't get in? With the tireless assistance of UFC, I was accepted into California State University, Northridge. The level of patience this family has had for me is absolutely outstanding and without their assistance I do not know where I would be headed, especially with all that I have experienced as a foster child." --Andre R., College Readiness graduate

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 500
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Graduation: 70%